jsta1981 wrote:jbpdx wrote:The question about the new PDX-DTW AS nonstop led me to look at some more examples of the disparity between PDX and SEA using some AA, DL and UA hub cities. Nonstops.
*not counting seasonal
^ not including new AS nonstop
Some cities with nonstops to SEA but not PDX:
BNA MSY MIA FLL CVG TPA OKC ICT SAT RDU IND CHS
Seattle CSA 4.7 million
Portland CSA 3.2 million
Even accounting for hub status, larger population and other factors, some of the disparity is hard to explain. The airlines are continuing to lump Portland into the Seattle catchment area and forcing passengers through hubs. Without Alaska it would be worse.
It's actually not hard to explain. Seattle is a hub for 2 major airlines. It's economy is booming,
with multiple major multinational corporations employing hundreds of thousands people. It serves nearly double the population that pdx serves. It also isn't nearly as seasonal as pdx....pdx has it's steady year around business traffic and then in May the tourism traffic starts in pdx and airlines such as american, United, and delta nearly double the amount of daily flights they have at pdx.
I completely disagree with the statement regarding population...Seattle...double the population that PDX serves???